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70% mid-1920s Grenache (McLaren Vale, light Biscay soils), 30% 1966 Grenache( Tatachilla, clay soils), destemmed, 10 day vinification, aged mainly 3-4 year French 300-litre oak casks 16 months, 8,400 b

2008 ()

big black robe. Olive, wee floral note – the bouquet is full, “dark” has good oily airs in behind. Ripe, intense, rather savoury palate fruit that swirls around, is sweet-tuned. Has a gradual, tidy gain in tannin. Bottled only 3 weeks ago. 2015-16 Oct 2009

2007

dark, very thorough robe. Coffee, brewed tea emerging on the nose from a couch of tight black fruit, pistachio in behind. Chocolate-sided black fruit on the attack - this has a really strong core of black and mulberry fruit, ends securely, roundly enough. Plump wine – a full boy. Licorice aftertaste. 2015-16 Oct 2009

2006 ()

dark robe, the top line giving ground a bit. Black fruits, smoky, bacon-tar aroma, the fruit brambly, also tobacco and game in the mix. There is an interesting entry of mineral on the palate – it runs clearly towards the finish. This needs food, with oak drifting out at the end. 2014-15 Oct 2009